The cops say that they were looking for pot plants. None were found. But a message to this little unkempt (according to reports) farm and the surrounding community was sent. Cut your lawn, trim your blackberry bushes or else you too may have a rifle pointed at your chest.
The militarization of our police forces and the rise of the “ninja bureaucrat” are trends which should concern every citizen. Including the police.
(From The Huffington Post)
Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,” after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.